Shorter quail season due for state's eastern parts DNR also is proposing September geese hunt

February 21, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to shorten the quail season in the eastern portion of the state, extend the cottontail rabbit season and is seeking federal permission to begin a September hunt on resident Canada geese.

The quail season, in that portion of the state east of Interstate 83I-695 and I-95 would run from Nov. 15, 1993, through Feb. 7, 1994, or three weeks less than this season.

Peter Jayne, director of the state's upland game program, said last week that quail populations have been diminishing and a shorter season would protect the birds as they near the breeding season.

Jayne said quail are less susceptible to animal predation in late winter than early, and that in February, man becomes the primary predator.

The season for the eastern cottontail rabbit would be extended because of over-population and the two-week firearms season for deer, which tends to keep small-game hunters with dogs out of the woods earlier in the rabbit season.

The season for resident Canada geese would be from Sept. 7-15, well before the first migratory birds come down from Canada. The bag limit would be five per day.

However, the season would require hunters to obtain a special permit and limit hunting areas to 14 counties west of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Wildlife Division of DNR will hold a series of public meetings on the proposed regulations. The schedule of meetings is as follows:

* March 15 -- South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, 7 p.m.

March 16 -- North Carroll High School, 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead, 7 p.m.

* March 18 -- Talbot County Free Library, 100 West Dover St., Easton, 7 p.m.

* March 19 -- Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Building, Route 231, Hughesville, 7 p.m.

Proposed 1993-94 hunting seasons and bag limits

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Deer seasons No major changes have been made, but changes remain a possibility, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Bow season .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. White-tailed

Dates: Sept. 15-Nov. 26, Dec. 13-17, Jan. 3-31.

Areas: All counties.

Bag limits: One antlered or antlerless with standard license, two more possible with stamps.

Note: In Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, only one deer may be taken per day. In all other counties, there is no restriction as to how many may be taken per day under the season bag limits.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Firearms season .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. White-tailed Dates: Nov. 27-Dec. 11

Areas: All counties.

Bag limits: One antlered or antlerless deer in All counties except Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1), Garrett and Washington (Zone 2). In Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1), Garrett and Washington (Zone 2) counties, an antlered or with-permit antlerless deer may be taken from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4. From Dec. 6-11, only antlered deer may be taken in Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1), Garrett and Washington (Zone 2) counties.

Note: Only one deer per day may be taken in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. In the rest of the state, daily limit is the same as season limit.

Bonus deer stamp-firearms: Antlered or antlerless from Nov. 27-Dec. 11 in all counties except Allegany, Carroll, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett and Washington. In Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties the deer must be antlered.

Note: In Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, if a hunter has drawn an antlerless deer permit and has purchased a Bonus Deer Stamp-Firearms, an antlered deer may be taken first and an antlerless deer as their second so long as the antlerless deer is taken between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 and the daily bag limit is observed.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Deer muzzleloader .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. White-tailed Dates: Dec. 18-Jan. 1.

Areas: All counties.

Bag limits: One antlered or antlerless.

Bonus stamp-muzzleloader: All counties, one antlered or antlerless.

Note: In Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, only one deer may be taken per day.

Upland game

.. .. .. .. . .. .. .. Eastern cottontail Dates: Nov. 1-Jan. 31 in Garrett County; Nov. 15-Feb. 7 in all other counties.

Bag limits: Four daily, eight in possession.

.. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. Quail Dates: Nov. 15-Jan. 15 West of I-83 south to I-695 to I-95 south to Virginia, excluding Allegany and Garrett counties. Nov. 15-Feb. 7 east of I-83, I-695 and I-95.

Bag limits: Six daily and 12 in possession.

Pheasant (male only) Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 31

Areas: All counties except Garrett

Bag limits: One daily, two in possession.

Crow

Dates: Aug. 18-March 19 (hunting on Weds., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. only)

Areas: All counties.

Bag limits: none.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Forest game Squirrel (gray and eastern fox) Dates: Oct. 5-Jan. 31

Areas: All counties

Bag limits: Six daily, 12 possession.

Squirrel (red or piney) Dates: Oct. 5-Jan. 31.

Areas: All counties

Bag limits: none.

Wild turkey (fall) Dates: Nov. 5-10

Areas: Washington County west of I-81 and Allegany and Garrett counties.

Bag limits: One per season.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Wild Turkey (spring) Dates: April 18-May 16

Areas: Spring turkey season will be open in Allegany, Calvert, Caroline*, Dorchester* (south of Route 50), Frederick, Garrett, Howard*, Kent*, Montgomery, Somerset*, Queen Anne's*, Washington, Wicomico* (east of Route 13) and Worcester counties. Only one bearded bird may be taken in counties marked with *.

Bag limits: One bearded bird per season unless no turkey was taken in the last fall season. Then, the daily bag limit remains one but the season limit becomes two.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Ruffed grouse Dates: Oct. 5-Jan. 31

Areas: Closed in Charles County

Bag limits: Two daily and four in possession.

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